Carnival Arts Centre, Luton

RIBA Award 2011

Luton has the largest one-day carnival in Europe, and the centre is for the practice, performance and celebration of carnival arts. Funded by the Arts Council and the East of England Development Agency, it consists of two new buildings astride a large working courtyard with a continuous enclosing perimeter that is part building, part screen.

Two large golden gates break the enclosure at either end of the courtyard and each year this is transformed into a street to become part of the carnival route.


“It’s a building so vibrant and inventive that it will have even the most grudging Lutonian dancing in the streets.” 

– Dan Stewart, Building, July 2009